Cannabis and spirituality

Tania's picture

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I saw there are threads for Ayawaska and for MDMA and I thought it is time there should be one dedicated to Marijuana.

I find this substance as the one which was the most helpful up to now in my spiritual path.

Depending on the time and exact substance, I experienced profound revelations and channeling thanks to it.

Indeed, there are many cases of usage of various Cannabis products (Ganja, Marijuana, Chashish, Jaras, etc.) for spiritual purposes. In Varanasi there is even an official shop of the government that sells Bhang (Indian hemp) that you swallow and soon enter a wonderful mental and spiritual trip.

I will be happy to hear stories of others...

davids's picture

sadhus and ganja

Agree. At the end of the day this lightweight substance called THC (which is the active ingredient in cannabis) is tremendously contributing to sustainable out-of-the-box spiritual thinking and going beyond the conditioning system. All this given you specifically commit to take it for spiritual purposes.

And it is fun. More fun than alcohol and TV which are among the worst of drugs.

I wonder how come the Indian government allows (and even sells) Bhang and if indeed it is advisable for true sadhus (not these who stay among tourists) to take it as part of their sadhana or it is just their excuse for having good time... Are there hindu scriptures that describe the spiritual effects of Ganja that led to religious usage of it in India?

davids | Thu, 04/30/2009 - 09:21
seeker's picture

spiritual benefit of marijuana

According to my experience the effect of marijuana is simple and straightforward: it weakens the conditioning, our automatic reactive behavior patterns, thus allowing us to see ourselves "from outside", realize things that were blocked for us when we were conditioned leading to the fortunate ability make true changes.

seeker | Sun, 05/03/2009 - 21:00
kaput's picture


It opens wide our subconsciousness.

It makes us more sensitive to sensations from the senses.

And it quietens the mind - less incessant thinking.

What more is needed?

A perfect environment for spiritual sadhana

as long as we constantly aim at bringing these qualities to our normal state.

kaput | Fri, 05/08/2009 - 14:33
nalabonga's picture

Fascinating article on the subject

See the following fascinating article in wikipedia: Spiritual Use of Cannabis

nalabonga | Fri, 05/22/2009 - 12:10
mayasurfer's picture

all relative

it's all relative the way I see it. If you still smoke dope or take drugs you obviously still have to. If you have lots of money you obviously still need it. If you have lots of sex you are obviously still addicted to it. If you still fight in some war it's obviously still necessary for you. If you still need to pray and meditate and follow some belief system you are obviously still attached to seeking...etc.,etc. Your needs and desires manifest as your life and the world you live in. Your life is an illusion, a dream. Everybody lives in his own bubble. It's all relative. There is nothing fascinating about cannabis or money or sex or fighting or beliefing or whatever... some still cling to those attachments, some are able to let go. Realization will happen when you become disillusioned and bored with being attached to an illusion and loose interest and stop running away and resisting what you truly are, the Here and Now only.

mayasurfer | Wed, 05/27/2009 - 12:58
lagrima's picture

a dremless dream

I don't see cannabis or any other consciousness altering drug as standing in the same line with sex, money and desires. On the contrary - they let you see clearly the pointlessness of your desires and attachments, your addictions.

The very fact that governments try to brainwash us that drug is a synonym of addiction does not mean that it is so.

Last, I would beware from extreme isolated sweeping views of reality, they do not offer a practical bridge to evaluate or adopt them.

lagrima | Wed, 05/27/2009 - 17:37
mbnarayana's picture

The role of cannabis in spirituality

In my childhood,Isaw gathering of sadhus in my house and smoking ganja(cannabis)after mixing it with cigarette tobacco.When I asked one sadhu what was it they smoke he replied that it was guru prasad and I will come to know in my later years.
After growing sufficiet old,I smoked ganja once by placing inside a cigarette.I went into a trance and my tongue became very thick.I could trace the position of my heart also.After 10to 15 minutes I became concious.What I tell you is -these are all artificial means of achieving samadhi like thing(It is a trance not a samadhi at all).We sadhakas do not become an addict to all these things.Because at the end no truth only ganja will be left.So TASMATH JAGRATHA

mbnarayana | Wed, 07/08/2009 - 05:20
Luz76's picture

Back to the source

Cannabis has been for me a great aid in my spiritual and psychological journey.

The very basic thing that it open the doors to the subconscious is enough.

If I had to define what marijuana does spiritually above all I would say that it brings you to your inner I, to the self, closer to the soul.

It is so comic that authorities try to restrict the growth of something which was given as it is directly from God. I understand restricting of synthesized things, of objects built by humans, but to try to prohibit a plant?!

Luz76 | Tue, 11/24/2009 - 15:38
shishmanidov35's picture

A Christian Church in USA asks to be permitted to use Marijuana

From The NY Times: Hawai’s Cannabis THC Ministry asks a US court to permit them to use Marijuana for religious purposes, the same way it has permitted other church to use Ayahuasca and permitted American Indians to use of Payote.

Here are some interesting excerpts from the article in NY Times:

On July 29, Mr. Christie’s lawyer will argue in Hawaii federal court that his client should be allowed to present a religious-freedom defense at the eventual criminal trial. He will base his argument on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in 1993, which requires the government to show a “compelling interest” whenever it “substantially burdens” a religious practice. In 2006, the Supreme Court relied on the act to permit a New Mexico church to use the hallucinogen hoasca, or ayahuasca, for sacramental purposes.

But so far such exceptions have been granted to small religious communities and relatively obscure drugs: for American Indians’ use of peyote, for example, or the New Mexico church with its ayahuasca. But marijuana? That would be problematic.

Mr. Christie is hoping that now, as many state marijuana laws are liberalized, federal courts may allow him to argue for the sacramental needs of his ministry, where he worked full time until his arrest. First, he must convince a federal judge that his religion — or one of his religions — is not just a form of personal spirituality concocted to get stoned legally.

According to Mr. Christie’s personal declaration, filed with the court in April, he joined the Religion of Jesus in 1993, was ordained in 2000, then founded as an offshoot the THC Ministry. (THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.) “The THC Ministry,” he wrote, “is a universal religious organization that uses cannabis to exalt consciousness, facilitate harmony and become close to God and nature and each other.”

The Religion of Jesus, Mr. Christie wrote, holds that sacramental marijuana use is “a God-given right, as told to us in the Bible in Genesis 1:29, in which it says, ‘Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant’ ” Other tenets of the faith include, “Our religion does not believe in going to war” and, “Our ministers are required to use a hemp-cloth shawl for ceremonies and prayer.”

The article in The NY Times:

shishmanidov35 | Mon, 07/22/2013 - 08:40
Mark999's picture

Interesting read :) Mark

Interesting read :)


Mark999 | Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:33
mikekelleycrump's picture

Such a wonderful content.

Such a wonderful content. People from getwhitepalm where I got my first card are more of this belief. Even I experienced a wonderful way of mental and spiritualism through the use of cannabis not only being as medical substance.

mikekelleycrump | Tue, 08/18/2015 - 12:28
Nathyogi's picture


Not stories but two Poems.

How is it not a bonanza?
As by taking a puff of ganja
My Guru recites a holy stanza.
Hence, my book is an extravaganza.

My Pardada Guru said,
“Ganja says, “Do not drub
But let ‘me’ rub.”
“Quietly sitting in a hall
Let ‘I’ be drunk.” Says alcohol.”

Note: Pardada Guru = Great grand Guru = Guru's Guru's Guru.
*** Salutations to the shoes of my Eternal Father Guru Siddha Nath ***

Nathyogi | Thu, 12/17/2015 - 06:43
ChrisTompsonHere's picture

Drugs and meditation

I used Marijuana for Meditating and spiritual trips several times. I felt weak and was completely relaxed and I was also in the state of open min, completely conscious. But I'm afraid I cannot use this method often as I get addicted. I tried vaping, you can probably feel the same way, at least, I do feel the same.

ChrisTompsonHere | Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:26